From Personal to Universal: the Photography of Rania Matar
As a Lebanese-born American artist and mother, Matar has dedicated her photographic practice to exploring both sides of her cross-cultural experience, and personal narrative. Her work addresses issues of personal and collective identity, through photographs of girls and women in the United States where she lives and in the Middle East where she is from.
Throughout her work, she seeks to focus on our essence, our physicality, and on the commonalities that make us human, to emphasize underlying similarities rather than apparent differences. Her photographs reveal the beauty in our shared humanity – in the universal as well as personal experience of women encountering the challenges of growing up regardless of background.
Matar is a recipient of the 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2022 Leica Women Foto Project Award. She is shortlisted for the Oskar Barnack Award.
- Duration: 40 min
Lebanese-born American artist and mother, Rania Matar, weaves her cross-cultural journey and personal narrative into compelling photography. Her work graces esteemed museums globally, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Permanent collections feature her art. Recent solo exhibitions at Huntsville Museum of Art and Fitchburg Museum of Art in 2023, along with a mid-career retrospective at institutions like Cleveland Museum of Art, highlight Matar’s impact. Awarded the 2022 Leica Women Foto Award, she’s a Guggenheim Fellow and author of four books.